Contributed by: Don WinnerBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this morning via email: "Hello, Myself and family will be visiting PC on April 16 and 17 and were hoping to attend a baseball game. If not baseball then a soccer match. I have been searching all over the internet and can’t find any information (schedule, etc.) do you by chance know where I would find that kind of information (or do you by chance know)? Thank you for your time, much appreciated! Mike"
Editor's Comment: Hmmm. Well, I know Panama's version of Major League Baseball is playing games right now at the National Stadium - I see the results every day on the morning news broadcast - like Los Santos vs. Herrera, or Panama Metro vs. Bocas del Toro. The league is set up with teams representing each of the provinces, and there are games played both "home" and "away" for each team. I suspect the upcoming games and schedules as well as results and standings are published in the sports section of the newspaper every day. The "Rod Carew" National Stadium is located in Panama City and it's easy to get to if you have a driver, rent a car, or take a taxi. The entrance to the park is very cheap (forget how much) but compared to the stadiums in the States it's practically free. For example, if you follow this link you can see the results from last night's games, and you also see that tonight Bocas del Toro (visitor) will play Chiriqui (home) at the Kenny Serracin stadium there at 7:30 pm tonight. You can always go to the Sports (Deportes) section of the La Prensa newspaper and look for "Campeonato Nacional de Béisbol Mayor" (National Championship of Major League Baseball) and then below that click on "Ver resultados completos" (view complete results). A lot of famous Panamanian players who wind up playing in the United States cut their teeth in these local stadiums as kids. The photo is an image of one of Panama's most famous athletes, Rod Carew, when he graced the cover of Time Magazine on July 18, 1977. His batting average was an amazing .388 that year, and the National Baseball Stadium in Panama City is named after him. Anyway, good luck, and have fun.
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